First Batch of 2016 CMA Awards Performers Announced

Keith Urban 2016 CMA Awards
Keith Urban (Photo Courtesy of CMA World)

2016 CMA Awards nominees Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Keith Urban are confirmed to perform on this year’s awards show. In addition, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will do double duty, performing as well as hosting the Country music awards show. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will take place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will air on live on ABC on November 2nd.

The 2016 CMA Awards will be directed by Paul Miller and executive produced by Robert Deaton. Eric Church, first-time nominee Maren Morris, and Chris Stapleton lead the pack of nominees with five each followed closely by Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Dierks Bentley with four 2016 CMA Awards nominations. Tim McGraw earned three nominations this year. Eligible CMA members determine the winners, with balloting closing on October 25th.

Dierks Bentley’s nominations come in the Male Vocalist, Album, Music Video, and Musical Event of the Year categories. Bentley has been nominated 20 times and won twice. Confirmed performer Eric Church has stacked up a total of 22 nominations and this year will be competing in the Male Vocalist, Album, Single, Song, and Music Video of the Year categories.

CMA Awards newbie Maren Morris was nominated this year in the Female Vocalist, Album, Single, Song of the Year, and New Artist of the Year categories. Keith Urban has been nominated every single year since 2004, adding to his long list of CMA Awards nominations with Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, and Musical Event of the Year in 2016.

Complete list of 2016 CMA Awards nominees